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Configuring Recording Parameters with Hikvision DVR

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Before you start:

1. Make sure that the HDD has already been installed. If not, please install a HDD and initialize it. (Menu>HDD>General)

2. Click Advance to check the storage mode of the HDD.

1) Whether the HDD mode is Quota, please set the maximum record capacity.

2)  If the HDD mode is Group, you should set the HDD group. 


1.Enter the Record settings interface to configure the encoding parameters: Menu>Record>Parameters

2.Set the parameters for recording.

            1)Select the Record tab to configure.

            2)Select a camera number in the camera dropdown list.

            You can configure the stream type, the resolution, the video quality and other parameters on demand             for Main Stream (Continuous) and Main Stream (Event) respectively.

            The Input Resolution of camera connected will be displayed in the live view for 5seconds when the             camera is connected, or the DVR is powered on. The input resolution includes the resolution and                     frame rate of the camera, e.g. 1080P25.

            3)You can configure the advantage parameters, including pre-record, post-record time, expired time,              redundant record (this option is only available when the HDD mode is Group) and whether you                        want torecord audio.

 Pre-record: The time you set to record before the scheduled time or event. For example, when an alarm triggered the recording at 10:00, if you set the pre-record time as 5 seconds, the camera records it at 9:59:55.

• Post-record: The time you set to record after the event or the scheduled time. For example, when an alarm triggered the recording ends at 11:00, if you set the post-record time as 5 seconds, it records till 11:00:05.

 Expired Time: The expired time is the longest time for a record file to be kept in the HDD, if the deadline is reached, the file will be deleted. You can set the expired time to 0, and then the file will not be deleted. The actual keeping time for the file should be determined by the capacity of the HDD.

 Redundant Record: The redundant record is to decide whether you want the camera to save the record files in the redundant HDD. You must configure the redundant HDD in HDD settings.   

 Record Audio: Check the checkbox of Record Audio to record the sound, otherwise record the image without sound.

 Video Stream: Main stream and sub-stream are selectable for recording. When you select sub-stream, you can record for a longer time with the same storage space.

 Enable 960 Mode: The option is supported by analog cameras. Enabling the 960 mode to enable the WD1 resolution for the main stream, otherwise, the resolution supports up to 4CIF. And the option does not supported by TVI cameras, while the WD1 resolution is available all the time.

4)Click Apply to save the settings.

               5) You can copy the settings to other channels by clicking Copy, if the setting can also be used for                  other cameras.


You can copy the same settings to the cameras with same signal, e.g., the channel No. 1-3 connect to the TVI cameras, and the channel No.4 connects to an analog camera, and then the settings of channel No. 1 can be only copied to channel 2 and 3.

3.Set encoding parameters for sub-stream.

     1) Select the Substream tab.

2)Select a camera in the camera dropdown list.

3)Configure the parameters.

4)Click Apply to save the settings.

5)(Optional) If the parameters can also be used to other cameras, click Copy to copy the settings to other channels.